The Nymi smart bracelet uses cardiac rhythms to control your smartphone, car and more

By Justin Kahn ยท 4 replies
Sep 3, 2013
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  1. Canadian startup Bionym has developed a smart bracelet that will allow you to automatically login to your device, unlock your car or even open your front door, among many other things.

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  2. ETF Soldier

    ETF Soldier TS Evangelist Posts: 463   +136

    Whether it works easily with other technology or not, the technology within the bracelet itself is pretty phenomenal!
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Gasoline cars will be phased out too, just as soon as we can figure out something better. Passwords and keys have the same requirement. For example, losing your keys is a big problem... losing your Nymi sounds far worse. Keys are also unaffected by water, dust, heat, and spares can be made for a few bucks. What happens if you lose your Nymi and can't unlock your phone or PC to call Nymi support? I'm sure they'll figure that stuff out, but it could make for a tough situation.

    This sounds like a really cool invention, but the guy who made the Segway thought it was going to change personal transportation and it never did. How will all the devices communicate with the Nymi? Will we need special locks, a new car, point of sale terminals etc? NFC had similar promises and so far all I've ever used that for is sending a picture once just to try it out.
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  4. Does it go by the actual rhythm, the rate or the electrical pathways ( morphology ) taken by the heartbeat?
    If by rhythm, it would be asinine due to the fact that the heart can be fickle, especially in those in later years. One second it could be a normal rhythm then the next they could have bigeminal premature ventricular complexes or even have escape beats. Also a lot of people, especially those with pulmonary issues like COPD, one of the many ailments that befall diabetic or obese people, are prone to actual rhythm conversions from a normal rhythm to the erratic machine gun premature firing of focii in the atria, or Atrial Fibrillation or Atrial Flutter. Both prone to being highly irregular, the morphology of the heart beat changing entirely. Even then the early beats can cause aberrant conductions. Would not be fun to "intermittently" have access to your car.
    If rate, it too would be moot due to the fact that the normal person's heart is affected by stress and mood, accelerated by excitement or fear, decelerated by a dour mood or pain.
    If electrical pathways (morphology), it would be more "fingerprint" but the electrical mapping of the heart is so tedious that it's only done in Electro-physiology Labs.

    Novel idea but no real insight into the real workings of the heart, better chance chasing DNA, it's less likely to change on you.
  5. ^ Love the wall, hehe. I would like to add, however, that a highly portable wrist mounted cardiac sensor capable of sending vital information to a secure mobile device (algorithm-based syncing) available at the users fingertips or even capable of automatically linking to a device and notifying emergency systems in case of cardiac distress would be a more interesting and probably more sound and profitable endeavor. Like that? Reverse-engineered the plan and produced one that makes more logical sense.

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